ERA-Conference on Cross-border Divorce and Maintenance

From 25 to 27 February 2013 the Academy of European Law (ERA) will host a conference on “Cross-border Divorce and Maintenance: Jurisdiction and Applicable Law” in Dublin. The¬†conference will provide information on the Brussels II bis Regulation, the Rome III Regulation as well as the Maintenance Regulation.¬†Further information is available here. The programme reads as follows:

Monday, 25 February

  • 08:45 Arrival and registration of participants

I. Cross-border divorce: jurisdiction and procedure

  • 09:15 Opening session
  • 09:45 Setting the scene: framework and key elements of cross-border cooperation in family matters
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Cross-border divorce in the EU: jurisdiction, recognition andlis pendens
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Interaction of Regulation Brussels II bis with other EU legal instruments and mechanisms:
    • legal aid
    • service of documents
    • preliminary ruling procedure
    • alternative dispute resolution
  • 15:30 Coffee break
  • 16:00 Exercise I: Case studies on cross-border divorce
  • 18:00 End of the first workshop day
  • 19:30 Dinner

Tuesday, 26 February

II. Cross-border divorce: applicable law

  • 09:00 Cross-border divorce in the EU: applicable law
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 The application of foreign law in a crossborder divorce case
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Exercise II: Case studies on the identification and application of foreign law in a divorce case
  • 15:30 Coffee break

III. Cross-border maintenance

  • 16:00 Jurisdiction and applicable law in crossborder maintenance cases
  • 18:00 End of the second workshop day
  • 19:30 Dinner

Wednesday, 27 February

  • 09:00 Cooperation between Central Authorities and access to justice in cross-border maintenance cases
  • 10:00 Exercise III: Case-study on a crossborder maintenance case
  • 12:00 Coffee break

IV. EU initiatives on property regimes

  • 12:30 The proposed legislation on property effects of marriage and registered partnership
  • 13:00 Closing session
  • 13:30 Lunch and end of the workshop